2005 Queen Elizabeth II Gold Proof Three Coin Sovereign Set Saint George
Gold proof Double Sovereign, 'full' Sovereign and Half Sovereign with Timothy Noad's 2005 St George reverse.
Three Gold Sovereigns
Gold proof Sovereign sets are sought after by collectors. They're among The Royal Mint's most prestigious annual releases and are only available in limited numbers.
This 2005 proof Sovereign set is no exception and includes three gold coins:
- 2005 Half Sovereign composed of 3.99 grams of 22 carat gold with a 19.30 millimetre diameter
- 2005 'full' Sovereign: 7.98 grams, 22.05 millimetres
- 2005 Double Sovereign or Two Sovereign piece: 14.96 grams, 28.40 millimetres
All the coins in this set are struck to proof standard. Intended for collectors, proof coins are struck multiple times with hand prepared dies for a superior finish.
Noad's Saint George
2005 marks one of the rare years that Benedetto Pistrucci's classic Saint George and the dragon reverse is replaced with an alternate design.
For 2005 Sovereigns, this historic motif was replaced with a very different Saint George, crafted by heraldic artist Timothy Noad. His reverse centres on a crusader shield with Saint George's Cross, which protects a sword-wielding Saint, about to strike a winged dragon. It's a modern, action-packed and dynamic design.
Noad's reverse is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley's depiction of Her Majesty the Queen. In use between 1998 and 2015, this fourth official effigy shows a greater degree or realism than its idealised predecessors. Broadley's initials - IRB - appear below Elizabeth II’s portrait on each of the Sovereigns in this set.
Collectible Proof Set
Just 2,500 of these three-coin proof sets were issued by The Royal Mint in 2005.
Together, the coins in this set are composed of 27.94 grams of 22 carat gold. That's 25.59 grams of pure gold between the three coins. Like all gold Sovereigns, these are exempt from Capital Gains Tax as UK legal tender and VAT free as investment grade gold.
The coins are offered in their original packaging from The Royal Mint which is composed of individual capsules inside a velvet-lined leather box. A numbered certificate of authenticity is enclosed.
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